Green Gate Guest Houses
As you make your way northwest of Duluth, Minnesota in route to Biwabik, you will experience the area known as the "iron range", which has long been valued for it's rich ore deposits. Roads leading to Green Gate are lined with dense forests, rolling hills and ridges. A quick pass through the Bavarian themed-town, your trip will lead you into the enclave of Green Gate Guest Houses.
Shawn has spent years restoring a space for people to "return home", a feeling that exists deep in each of us when we're in nature or on a farm. Shawn has renovated a century-old farmhouse, a modern barn home, and an 1890’s hand-hewn log cabin on a 13 acre historic farmstead. Shawn's value of sustainable practices has informed his construction and restoration efforts by addressing energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor air quality, and the use of natural/local/non-toxic building materials throughout the spaces. Beyond that, he has restored the space with history in mind by sourcing his materials from original structures and design.
Featured is an originally hand built cabin constructed around 1890, which then was moved and reconstructed at Green Gate in 2013. Like Shawn, the log cabin is primitive in nature with a modern spirit. It preserves the historic, hand-crafted feel, while providing the comforts of a modern home, in small, efficient footprint.
Green Gates proximity to Giants Ridge Recreation Area is a strong pull for most guests as the area features two golf courses, a disc golf course, alpine skiing and snowboarding, tubing, 60km of world-class Nordic ski trails. However, Shawn's goal is to make Green Gate a destination within itself by restoring the 13 acres into a working farm along with connecting each space together by way of trails where guests can explore space by space, beach to beach and trail to trail. Shawn shares "the day I can step outside my door wearing skis or snowshoes in pursuit of embarking on a trail that leads me all around the property in conjunction with The Mesabi Trail, i'll know iv'e really done something".
He dove into this work with the mind set of, if your open to anything, anything else is possible. He encourages guests to share that mindset when they enter Green Gate. Have zero expectation and allow your curiosity and drive to connect with nature and it's calling to you. Call it your place of heritage. Call it your place of refuge. Call it your playground. It encompasses it all, it's a place of your dreams, a place designed to be whatever you want it to be.
Full kitchen, bathroom
Indoor woodstove, outdoor firepit
Lake & river access within walking distance
Direct access to Mesabi Trail